Picking Chemical Resistant Gaskets for Chlorine Dioxide

Picking Chemical Resistant Gaskets for Chlorine Dioxide

Picking Chemical Resistant Gaskets for Chlorine Dioxide

27 Jan 2021

Picking Chemical Resistant Gaskets for Chlorine Dioxide
Chlorine dioxide is everywhere. It’s been used since around 1811, and today we use it to purify water for residential and commercial supply. It’s a powerful disinfectant. In industry, its wide range of uses includes paper manufacturing, food processing, pharmaceutical production, chemical processing and chemical production. It even has uses in the oil and gas industry. Each of these industries uses chlorine dioxide differently. The temperature, form and dilution vary. Each application demands chemical resistant gaskets that are exactly right for the situation. In temperatures between 11ºC and -59ºC, chlorine dioxide is a reddish-brown liquid. At higher temperatures, it is a greenish-yellow gas, and below that it turns to orange crystals. It is commonly used as a dissolved gas in water, and it doesn’t hydrolyse in water. In any form, chlorine dioxide is toxic and must be handled very carefully. It is rarely transported but is instead created on site. Finding the right chemical resistant gaskets is essential for the safety of anyone working with or near this substance. If inhaled, it causes shortness of breath and coughing. Chlorine Dioxide causes irritation and chemical burns if it gets on the skin, and contact with the eyes can lead to distorted vision.

Best Chemical Resistant Gaskets for Chlorine Dioxide

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is one of the best materials for chemical resistant gaskets. It can withstand almost any substance, including chlorine dioxide. At Abbey Seals, we offer FDA compliant PTFE gaskets that work with chlorine dioxide in a range of sizes, and can also create bespoke gaskets to meet your needs. Our range of PTFE gaskets includes products made by blending virgin PTFE with other materials such as bronze, clean milled fibres, carbon and pigments. Viton® is the brand name of an especially good chemical resistant fluorocarbon elastomer. This material is also known as FPM and FKM. It’s used in a very wide range of industries including aviation, food processing, semiconductors and pharmaceutical. It’s a superior choice for applications involving chlorine dioxide where excellent elasticity and mechanical strength are required. We offer a selection of Viton®/FPM materials including FPM ED, which provides extra resistance against explosive decompression. Every application comes with its own challenges and demands. When you are with a substance such as chlorine dioxide, it is vital to have chemical resistant gaskets made from the optimum material for that specific application and that fit perfectly. Our team of experts is on hand to advise you about the best solution for your application whether your application is in the field of water treatment, oil and gas processing or food production. If we don’t have the perfect product ready-made, we have the knowledge and equipment to create it for you. Bespoke chemical resistant gaskets can be the difference between a safe, efficient process and a dangerous one. Talk to us today to ensure you are using the best gaskets available.
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